Crafting and me.

I was chatting to a friend the other day and was filling her in on all the things that I have going on at the moment. Sewing like a crazy person, teaching a little, making patterns, writing and crafting with Ruby. She said to me,"You seem so driven, don't you have any fun?".  Without hesitation I responded that my crazy life of creativity is fun..for me.

I have been thinking about this conversation a lot over the past few days and it has made me reflect on the impact that creativity has had on my life.
Ten years ago, when I was still living at home in Australia, I had a little kids label, it was going really well and I was feeling really fulfilled creatively. Then we moved to the States and for 7 years, I was not able to work! I had small children and raising them became my full time job. As much as I loved the time I had to spend with my children, I always felt there was something missing from my life I realized that I was just unhappy all of the time...I cried more often, I missed home so much that it was painful, I was probably not that fun to live with! Its hard to put it out there but it is the truth.

Then 3 years ago, something happened. I finally was given a visa to work and I wasted no time!
I really don't know where Little Pincushion Studio came from, it kind of just happened......and it changed my life.
Yes, I may still get stressed when a deadline approaches, but the feeling of happiness and contentment that I gain from creating something with my own two hands is a feeling I wouldn't change for anything. Now, I have the added joy of watching my girls create something themselves and burst with joy at their achievement.

I guess, my point is that we all find joy and fulfillment in different ways....mine just happens to be when I get a new craft book delivery from Amazon, or when I sign up for a sewing /crafting workshop or when I get to sit and play with fabric all day long.

Better go, the UPS guy just pulled up with my latest delivery.......